The Pitch: Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 2
In April 1990, Warner Bros. Television joined forces with Beacon Communications, Richard Baskin Productions, the SUM Entertainment Group and the People of the Earth Foundation to bring over 100 celebrities together for the original Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special. Combining musical, comedic, dramatic and informational segments, the 2-hour television event was among the few landmark programs of its kind to air in prime time. Now, some 18 years later, in a bitter ironic twist, today's so-called big stars are far too busy to lend their collective talents to a NEW Earth Day Special --- and as far as your Dragonmaster is concerned, that's a serious no-no!
The new special would bring even more collective starpower together --- and, as an added surprise, a little bit of whimsy would be thrown into the mix as well. Centerpiece of the storyline would be a character called Xinnia, Queen of the Pixies, whose magical kingdom would be threatened because Mankind is not being responsible in terms of defending Earth's resources responsibly. So, making a last desperate bid to save her people, Queen Xinnia decides to journey to the one place where Magic has been to happen among the Humans dwelling on the Planet: Los Angeles, California.
The A-listers who would be part of the story would help lend their talents to aiding Queen Xinnia in her bid to rescue her people and save the Earth as well. Here are some of the superstars whom I have in mind for such a project:
Some of the major participants in the first Earth Day Special --- notably, Dan Aykroyd; Kevin Costner; Meryl Streep; Morgan Freeman; Chevy Chase; Quincy Jones; Candice Bergen; Jim Henson's Muppets; Barbra Streisand; Michael Douglas; Jane Fonda; a few of today's current superstars, among them Bruce Campbell; Ryan Seacrest; Jennifer Love Hewitt; and cast members from today's hot shows: Lost; Tyler Perry's House of Payne; Smallville; Dancing with the Stars; the Law & Order and CSI franchises; The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart and, obviously, SNL, Late Night w/Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. And no doubt, Bette Midler and Robin Williams would have to be there, too, reprising their respective roles as Mother Earth herself (Midler) and her now duly-appointed representative, Everyman (Williams).
Why an Earth Day Special 2? Why now? Ever since Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth movie, more and more people have been asking what I believe to be the right questions about the state of our Planet. Unfortunately, we're still not getting the right answers, not even from our rotten excuses for Presidential nominees. Our last hope, then, must be to get every celebrity we can get --- implore them into doing the show for free, if need be --- to get off their bloomin' cans and recycle as well as do the right thing and do this show. 'Nuff said.
Well, I'm getting long in the tooth here about this, so if you'd like to make more suggestions to my Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 2 idea, gimme an e-mail at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.